What's more punk than drag?
I'm a little late with my Lux Interior tribute post, but better late than never. For those of you who aren't familiar with him, Lux was the lead singer of the Cramps- a super rad, super trashy, super gay punk band that was active from the early 70s up until Lux's death earlier this month. When I was a little gay boy growing up in rural Pennsylvania, dressing up in girls' clothes sounded way cooler to me than mosh pitting at a punk show. Never did I imagine the two roads would meet- so imagine my surprise (and delight!) upon discovering the Cramps. Lux's gender-bending, cross-dressing antics have made him a queer icon- even though he was married to the band's female lead guitarist, Poison Ivy. Throw in some surf rock riffs, a rockabilly sensibility and healthy dose of trash culture and you've got one hell of a punk band. It makes me want to throw on a pair of high heels and fake eyelashes and show those mosh pitters what's up. If you haven't listened to them yet, now's the time.
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